A Deity of Human Origin is an actual God made by or from a human (or humans). Not merely godlike, but an actual de facto God who has created a universe or sentient species or performed some other feat worthy of a true god. May or may not still have a physical body. The mere fact that the universe existed before this character's ascension, implies that there are primary gods who have given a large part of them into shaping the universe and that this creature is most likely one of the secondary gods.

It may be a person who was raised up by other gods, or a computer program that has somehow tapped into a source of divine power, or anything, really. The important thing is that it's an actual God with roots in humanity. This trope does not refer to the actual concept of gods being invented by man.

This may ''overlap'' with AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence, but that trope doesn't require actual Godhood, and this trope doesn't require a higher plane.

If the Deity of Human Origin is [[TheMaker the creator]] of the world/universe, then it's another one than the one they grew up in... unless they're in a StableTimeLoop, of course.

Having created a world does not automatically make a person into this trope: It's a matter of how the whole thing is portrayed. Let's say that some guy creates a virtual world where the computer programs are real individuals with real emotion and self-aware intelligence. If the programmer [[Film/TheThirteenthFloor comes across as]] having crossed some kind of MoralEventHorizon, it's not this trope. If [[{{Film/Tron}} they instead come across as]] some kind of CrystalDragonJesus, it's definitely this trope.

In a setting where [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly gods are powered by the faith of their followers]], it may be possible for a mortal to ascend to godhood with sufficient worship. The classic example is a hero so renowned that the common people pray to them for aid.

In any case, the trope name uses the word "[[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman human]]" in a very broad sense -- [[OurElvesAreBetter Fantasy creatures]] can be included.

Compare AngelicTransformation, DemonOfHumanOrigin.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Earth's god in ''Manga/DragonBall'' falls into this category, where essentially anyone strong and pure of heart can qualify for the role. The current god even considers giving it to [[IdiotHero Son Goku]] at one point. Note that as Kami is a RubberForeheadAlien, and Goku is a {{Human Alien|s}}, actually being a native Earth species ''isn't'' a requirement.
** In ''[[Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods Battle Of The Gods]]'', it is revealed that Saiyans can do a temporary version of this: in times of crisis, five good-hearted Saiyans can combine their energies into a sixth and have him become the "Super Saiyan God". [[spoiler:Goku does this but somehow retains a portion of the Super Saiyan God powers after it was supposed to have worn off, and Whis suggests that Goku could one day become the new God of Destruction (Goku declines).]]
** ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' has an inversion. [[spoiler: Goku Black is the result of an alternate version of [[MadGod Zamasu]] taking over Goku's body, thus attaining a mortal form.]]
* The elevation of Yurie, the title character of ''{{Anime/Kamichu}}'' to divine status in much the same way as listed in Myth below, kick starts the plot and her learning how to deal with her new status is a significant point in many episodes.
* The Exis from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'', a result of humans trying to "build Gods". They are extremely powerful and cannot be interfered with in their sphere of influence. Currently, only one Exis of five is known and that is [[TheGhost Phantaminum]].
* ''{{Manga/Bleach}}''
** Kurosaki Ichigo was born a Human with Shinigami powers. By the climax of Deicide [[spoiler:he is so powerful that his reiatsu is now in a dimension twice removed from the Shinigami.]]
* The Lifemaker/Mage of the Beginning in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima,'' as can probably be guessed from the name, is the creator of the Magical World and presumably its first inhabitant. The Lifemaker is over two thousand years old, immensely powerful, immortal and is referred to as the god of the Magical World, though he was presumably once human.
* In the finale of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' [[spoiler:Madoka becomes a god and creates a new universe.]]
* Played with in ''Anime/TheGirlWhoLeaptThroughSpace''. The humans built space-colony super-computers that will provide for all the humans' needs, and they ''do'' fulfill their purpose, but is it the be-all and end-all of things?
* The [[spoiler:Idea of Evil]] in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' is this, going so far as to call itself [[spoiler:"the ungodly God born of Man."]] An argument can be made for the five members of the God Hand as well: if [[spoiler:Griffith]]/Femto is any indication, each one WasOnceAMan, but it's unclear whether they're as omnipotent and undefeatable as they seem. [[HornyDevils Slan]], one of them, do mention ''they'' are not gods, and there are events they cannot foresee, although such events are exceptionally rare. The [[spoiler:Idea of Evil]], on the other hand...
* ENIAC [[spoiler:& Atanasoff]] serves as this to the entire Franchise/{{Digimon}} franchise, having formed the primordial Digital Worlds into what they are.
* ''LightNovel/ScrappedPrincess'': Cellia Mauser is revered as the "god" of the setting and has [[CrystalDragonJesus a religious order in her name.]] However, during the final episode, Pacifica learns that Mauser was a mere human who'd been left in charge of supervising them, and even refers to herself as a caretaker. [[spoiler: Cellia abdicates her position after letting Pacifica decide whether the world should remain as it was, or if she should release the seal on the "locked world"]].

[[folder:Card Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'':
** Planeswalkers begin their lives as mortals and, before the events of ''Future Sight'', became {{Physical God}}s.
** The archangel Avacyn was created to serve as Innistrad's patron goddess, protecting the humans from the monsters.
** In the ''Theros'' block, the satyr Xenagos ascends to become the fifteenth god of the Theros pantheon, the God of Revels.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In the indie comic Atomika - God is Red, Mother Russia is a mortal incarnation of the goddess of Russia and she has a human son with a hidden divine spark. The evil duke of the Soviet Union has Mother Russia killed and the boy rendered down and rebuilt with dark science as a metal-skinned god of the atom.
* ''{{ComicBook/Watchmen}}'' averts this during the actual storyline. Dr Manhattan claims that he is not a God and that he doesn't like people. At the end, however, he has changed his mind: He likes people after all, so maybe he'll create some as his next project.
* Franchise/WonderWoman
** In pre-Flashpoint continuity, she became the Goddess of Truth for a short while after she was killed in action and the Greek gods decided to reward her for her devotion. However she was ''too'' good to be a god, using her new powers more to help people than gain worshipers, so they eventually demoted her back to mortal superhero.
** In the New 52, she became the Goddess of War, taking the mantle from Ares.
* The ''{{Film/Tron}}'' example below is given a {{Deconstruction}} in the AlternateContinuity ''TRON: Ghost In the Machine.'' Jet Bradley finds out about what his game programming means on the other side of the screen, does ''not'' [[GoMadFromTheRevelation handle the revelation well]], and is scared to even go near a computer after finding out.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Supergod}}'', superheroes are Gods. ''Supergod'' is all about a world where various countries built superbeings that were gods (or gods that were superbeings). However, [[GodIsFlawed the concept of "God" is a flawed one]].
* ''ComicBook/{{Futurama}}'' featured briefly an alternate timeline, where Greeks disillusioned with democracy, switched to theocracy and built robot gods to rule them. [[JerkassGods It ended as you could expect from ancient Greek deities]].
* In ''{{ComicBook/Lucifer}}'', Mona Doyle eventually becomes a Goddess. [[spoiler:So does Elaine Belloc, but Elaine was never really human.]]
* [[AnthropomorphicPersonification The Great Powers]] of ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}'' are implied to be this. Like [[ComicBook/TheSandman The Endless]], they are material beings representing ideas. The Great powers Like Mr.North or Mister Dark can be killed, and their title of office and powers go to another person.
* In the Franchise/MarvelUniverse, the character that best fits this trope is probably the ''High Evolutionary'': he creates an entire planet and [[HollywoodEvolution evolves]] animals into new humans to populate it, as well as spending large periods of time away from his creation and no longer having a human body underneath his armor. However, he's still depressed at times by the presence of {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s out there which are ''way'' more powerful than he is. A more common way is to have a human join an established Pantheon of gods — Loki for example tried to make Comicbook/{{Storm}} the new Asgard god of thunder at one point — but these ascensions have a tendency to end up being temporary.
* At the end of the first book of ''Comicbook/DarkseidWar'', this happens to [[spoiler: half the Justice League]].
* ComicBook/{{Galactus}} used to be a humanoid from the old universe called Galan, before the old universe was destroyed. He was the only survivor, and became the PlanetEater we all know today.
* In ''Comicbook/TheSandman'', [[spoiler:Daniel Hall]] eventually has his mortality burned away, and the immortal part [[spoiler:becomes the new Dream of the Endless when Morpheus dies.]]
* ''ComicBook/LadyDeath'' used to be a young Swedish girl who was [[BurnTheWitch executed for witchcraft]]. After bargained her soul with demons to save her life, she was transported to Hell where she became a mighty warrior who eventually overthrew Lucifer. Since then, Lady Death ruled Hell as Queen of All That Is Dead and Dying.

* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' fanfic ''Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf,'' Rose turns ''herself'' into one through what basically amounts to self-gene therapy (daily sessions of repeated exposure to the Time Vortex until her mind and body can handle it) over the five months she's stuck, totally alone, on a spaceship, with nothing but the broken-down TARDIS.
* ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'': Daniel -- this story's BigGood -- is the GodEmperor of Avalon, but hundreds of millenia ago he was an human that sought -- and managed -- to ascend to godhood. His powers include soul manipulation, traveling through space and time and bringing people back from the dead.
* ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'': Due to the events of the fic, [[spoiler:Shinji, Asuka, Rei and Misato]] became ''[[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} the New Chaos Gods]]''. All of them have a myriad of shapes -some few of them humanoid and/or comprehensible to human eyes-, psychic powers and are able to manipulate souls and bodies. [[spoiler:Shinji]] is the God of Deceit and is nearly omniscient, [[spoiler:Asuka]] if the Goddess of War is her world's master of physical combat, [[spoiler:Rei]] is the Goddess of Demise and her domain is decay and sickness, and [[spoiler:Misato]] is Goddess of Pleasure and Pain.
* In ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/244534 Mister Vimes'd Go Spare!]]'', by Lunik, Sam Vimes is dead. Of course, on the Literature/{{Discworld}} reality (and the pantheon) really depends on how strongly people believe in it. And coppers really ''believe'' in Mister Vimes...
* It's never clarified in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' if alicorns are {{Physical God}}s are not however {{fanon}} portrays them as so. Celestia's and Luna's origins are unknown however Cadance was born a pegasus according to a licensed book and Twilight spent her entire life being a unicorn until the season 3 finale. Whether either are immortal depends on the fans interpretation.
* {{Defied}} in ''FanFic/TheInfiniteLoops'', and with good reasons: as discovered when Madoka was tricked into Ascending to Admin level, an Ascension will destroy a branch of Yggdrasil (that is, ''an entire universe''), and very few Loopers would want to destroy a branch, even if Yggdrasil wasn't already damaged. Of course, ascending to ''in universe'' god-or-equivalenthood is okay, and most loopers are powerful enough to count as PhysicalGods.
* In the VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII fanfic, ''[[FanFic/CissneisPath Cissnei's Path]]'', Minerva is revealed to have been an Ancient Cetra before she became the Goddess of the Lifestream.
* ''FanFic/LegacyOfKainDivusSaga'' features the Divus, the pantheon of the Elder God's Wheel of Fate. All of them were once mortal beings who were granted their status by the Elder; some were human, others were ancient vampires, and at least one was a Hylden.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* The version of Maui portrayed in ''Disney/{{Moana}}'' was made a demigod by the gods [[spoiler: after his human parents abandoned him.]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Foreshadowed by the title of ''Film/{{Transcendence}}'' and Caster's speech near the beginning where he elaborates on the necessity of creating a god. Then Caster dies and becomes an [[DeusEstMachina ascended intelligence with omnipresent-omnipotent-omniscient powers]] and set about making the world a better place for everyone in it. He/it was on the verge of [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence elevating humankind]] to his/its level when the [[HumansAreMorons stupid humans]] committed deicide.
* ''{{Film/Tron}}'': In this movie (as well as the sequel), computer programs are real people with real feelings, and the world they live in is very real in its own right. Their gods, the Users (with a capital U) tend to refer to themselves as "human", a designation that is quite irrelevant to the setting. See Page Quote.
** The original film is essentially a Christian parable. The electronic world is being tyrannized by [[LouisCypher the MCP,]] a program that is rebelling against its creators (it's hacking the military to literally make war on humanity). The MCP is trying to stamp out belief in the Users (which is explicitly called a religion; communication with the Users is handled by Dumont, whose design resembles the garb of a clergyman), persecuting the faithful and throwing them into [[AncientRome gladiatorial combat.]] Those who join the MCP become his faceless, red-colored minions. His chief flunky Sark even wears a helmet shaped like devil horns. Into this world comes Flynn, a User who has become a mere program (wearing a tunic reminiscent of a prophet's robes). He displays supernatural powers, including the ability to heal by laying on of hands. He ultimately [[MessianicArchetype sacrifices himself to defeat the MCP and save the digital world,]] and ascends back to [[{{Heaven}} the real world of the creators,]] a realm beyond the programs' comprehension. The {{Novelization}} by Brian Daley plays up the symbolism even more.
* Over 90% of ''Film/TronLegacy'' takes place in a world known as The Grid, and the major conflict is built on three characters (two of them played by the same actor) who we can call The Father, The Son and The Devil. The Father is the creator of the world and also the father of the Son -- whose arrival to the world brings new hope and a chance of salvation from the Devil character who has ruled the world since he rebelled against The Father. The Father is wise and benevolent, a personality that might seem a bit out of character for those who have seen the first movie and remember him as an [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold immature brat]]. [[spoiler:At the very end, it is revealed that he was still immature and shortsighted when he created the world and the creature that would usurp him and take the role of Devil. This is revealed to be the reason for why the world is in the sorry condition it is -- The Devil was simply carrying out the orders given to him by The Father to the best of his ability, but the Father who created him and his world was flawed. Thus he carried out flawed orders to the best of his flawed ability. This turned his quest for perfection into something vile, warping him into a TotalitarianUtilitarian leader of something that [[PuttingOnTheReich looks eerily familiar]].]]
* ''Film/ThreeHundredRiseOfAnEmpire'': King Xerxes' claims of being a GodEmperor are shown to be literally true, with him originally having been an ordinary-looking Persian prince before he went on a pilgrimage where he was reborn as something superhuman.

* All of the novels in the ''Literature/CraftSequence'' play with this concept.
* Exploring this concept is the whole plot of Creator/RogerZelazny's ''Literature/LordOfLight''.
* In the ''Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality'' series, all significant forces -- Death, Fate, Nature, War, Time and so forth are normal humans who assumed the Office. However, most of these Incarnations are not worshiped. The culmination of the series arc plot is full example: God is removed from office for being incompetent, and a human is chosen to assume the Office.
* In ''Literature/TheImmortals'' quartet, [[spoiler:Sarra, Daine's mother]], a mortal, dies and goes to the Realms of the Gods to join her husband [[spoiler:Weiryn]]. Since only gods are allowed to live in the Realms, she is granted a place among the minor gods and becomes the Green Lady, a patroness of healing and childbirth.
* The Ellimist from ''{{Literature/Animorphs}}'' was originally mortal; the full story of his [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascension to a higher plane]] is told in ''The Ellimist Chronicles''.
* In Franchise/TheCosmere, the [[TheVerse metaverse]] of most of Creator/BrandonSanderson's works, various humans apparently got hold of pieces of a god called Adonalsium which broke apart, and proceeded to become gods in their own right, creating all the various worlds Sanderson writes in (except [[Literature/AlcatrazSeries any]] [[TheRithmatist incarnation]] [[TheReckonersTrilogy of Earth]] and obviously the world of ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime''). There are apparently 16 total Shards of Adonalsium, some of which have been broken up further since. There are also cases like ''Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy's'' Lord Ruler and ''Literature/{{Warbreaker}}'s'' Returned, where humans attain a state that is considered divine by various groups in-universe, though they're not gods in the cosmic sense. The Lord Ruler even created three entirely new races, the Inquisitors, the Koloss [[spoiler: and the Kandra.]]
* ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' has quite a few thanks to how Ascendancy can take place. [[spoiler: Ganoes Paran and Itkovian to name but two examples]].
* With one exception, the gods in the ''Literature/BookOfTheLongSun'' are of human, though hardly humane, origin. [[spoiler:They turn out to be the digitized personalities of the dictator who build the starship all the characters live in, his sociopathic family, along with his mistress and a few cronies. Their explicit desire to make a mockery of everything virtuous explains why the two religions we see are a blasphemous Catholicism with blood sacrifices and an intolerant, gender-bent version of Islam.]]
* In Creator/FredricBrown's short story "Answer" humans create an omnipotent computer and ask it, "Is there a God?" The computer answers, [[spoiler:There is now!]]
* [[spoiler: Marethyu (TheGrimReaper)]] from ''Literature/TheSecretsOfTheImmortalNicholasFlamel''. Not only this, he's actually [[spoiler:a future version of the protagonist Josh (ItMakesSenseInContext).]]
* ''Literature/SisterAlice'' has the [[TheClan Great Families]], who protect the peace in the galaxy. As Family members age, they are granted more "talents" - massive, nearly intangible dark matter machinery - and their mind is spend up, until they possess [[PhysicalGod powers equal to that of a god]], capable of ripping planets and stars apart, or creating entirely new elements. A classified memo from a corrupt family explicitly call their high rank members to be a "god", when describing how their presence in a system can greatly improve the economy.
* Frank Herbert's ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Godmakers_(novel) The Godmakers]]''. The priests of the planet Amel practice "religious engineering", in which gods are literally created through psychic powers. The protagonist develops psychic powers and becomes the first human god the priests of Amel have ever created.
* In Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''The Last Question'', humanity builds a supercomputer of unparalled processing power and keeps upgrading it over millions of years, asking the eponymous question ("How can the net amount of entropy of the universe be massively decreased?", that is, violate basic laws of physics, god territory) from time to time. The answer is always 'There is as yet insufficient data for a meaningful answer." This remains the answer even as the computer grows exponentially more powerful as the story progresses through the gradual death of the universe, and even when the Universe is completely dead and the computer was the only thing left in existence (it's hardware had transcended matter and energy and been consigned to Hyperspace long before that point).[[spoiler:But then the computer realizes the answer to the question, and the story ends with "And [the computer said] 'Let there be LIGHT!' and there was light."]].
* In the ''Literature/ColdfireTrilogy'', human colonists are stranded on a planet where what they imagine can become real, including monsters under the bed, and being afraid something will go wrong will make it go wrong, just for starters. The Church of the One God was deliberately created to give people something to greater to have faith in, because if they believed that things would turn out for the best then they would. Eventually, [[spoiler:they succeed in creating an actual transcendent deity that can actually intercede on their behalf]].
* At least one of the gods in the ''Literature/HyperionCantos'' is the result of human engineering.
* In Creator/JohnMilton's ''Theatre/{{Comus}}'', Sabrina threw herself into a river trying to escape her WickedStepmother. The river gods had pity on her and made her one of them, so she can help the Lady.
* It is said that whoso seeth the gods upon [[Literature/TheGodsOfPegana Pegana]] becometh as the gods, if so he demand to Their faces. And so Zobruk, who was only a shepherd brought before Them to be laughed at, is now numbered among the gods. To make men happy, he sent gifts into the Worlds with the usual results of impulsive divine gifts.
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', ''Literature/ColdDays'' reveals that [[spoiler: Mab, Queen of the Winter Faerie]] was once a human, which would suggest that her opposite, and possibly other [[spoiler: Faerie Queens]] were once mortal too. She's not called a "god" (gods are a separate category of being in the books,) but she is an inconceivably powerful and ancient entity with strong links to the forces of nature.
** Of the four most recent Winter and Summer Ladies, one was supposedly never mortal, two were changelings (human-faerie hybrids, [[spoiler: Mab's daughters in fact]]), and the current Winter Lady was [[spoiler: a mortal, albeit a mage.]]
** It is said that successful completion of the Darkhallow ritual would turn the wizard into a god, but whether they mean that literally or just mean he/she would gain unimaginable power (assuming there's any meaningful difference between those possibilities,) is unclear.
* In Creator/WilliamShatner's ''The Quest for Tomorrow'' books, the protagonist reveals that humans are eventually supposed to reach TheSingularity and AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence as a single being. The other races would eventually join this being, although humans would be the key. Once it became all-powerful, the being would travel back in time and create the primary universe from which TheMultiverse stems. However, certain events conspire to keep this from happening, and the heroes have to take some [[{{Understatement}} drastic]] measures to save reality from unraveling.
* Raistlin Majere becomes one of these in an alternate timeline in ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}} Legends'' through TimeTravel, some AppliedPhlebotinum, and a trip through a portal into the local hell-equivalent to overthrow the [[GodOfEvil Goddess of Evil]] and take her place. As an encore, he proceeds to [[RageAgainstTheHeavens kill the rest of the pantheon]] and [[ApocalypseHow turn Krynn into a sterile wasteland]]. He's just that kind of guy.
* ''Literature/TheDeedOfPaksenarrion'' has Gird, who according to legend was a peasant who led an uprising against an evil {{Magocracy}} armed only with a wooden club, and later died battling an invasion by a neighboring kingdom. His story is told in the ''Legacy of Gird'' sub-series.
* Becoming a god is the goal of many characters in ''Literature/CoilingDragon''. Warriors and magi train their [[ElementalPowers abilities]] to gain [[EnlightenmentSuperpowers insight into the Laws and Edicts of magic]]. Once their understanding is deep enough, they will become a [[PhysicalGod Deity]]. If a character bonds with a [[PiecesOfGod divine spark]], however, they may learn from a previous Deity's understanding and gain godhood.
* In ''Literature/TheGodsAreBastards'', the Pantheon were once mortals and got their current position by [[KlingonPromotion killing the previous generation of gods]]. [[spoiler:It's later revealed that the Elder Gods were ''also'' once humanoids. Whether there ever existed any god ''not'' of human origin remains an open question.]].
* In ''Literature/ALandFitForHeroes'', the Sky Dwellers, also known as the Dark Court, are apparently immortal and possess godlike magical powers, but drop the occasional hint that they were once human. [[spoiler:Specifically, that they are characters from the author's previous trilogy, ''Literature/TakeshiKovacs'', with Takavach being the titular SociopathicSoldier and the others including his former mentor and a rather loopy revolutionary leader]].
* In ''Literature/TheBalancedSword'' trilogy, the male lead's patron god, Terian, is said to have once been a mortal man. This sets up the denouement in which [[spoiler:the female lead defeats the Big Bad by ascending to a higher plane of existence and becoming a god herself]].
* In ''[[Literature/VoidTrilogy The Void Trilogy]]'', the BigBad [[spoiler:Ilanthe]] attempts to become this by merging with a pocket universe where the local laws of physics allow for consciousness to manipulate [[spoiler:and even rewrite]] reality [[spoiler:and then using that power and knowledge to rewrite the rules across the outside universe, with her mind in charge]]. She comes damn close.
* In the world of ''Literature/SpellsSwordsAndStealth'', it is entirely possible for mortal beings to ascend to godhood. However, the ones that manage this keep the details of how they did so quiet to prevent too many others following their footsteps. According to what Thistle was taught, Grumble, the god of the minions, was a kobold minion to a wizard who needed a guinea pig for an unknown ritual and realized too late that the ritual bestowed divinity on who it was used on. Grumble made sure he didn't get to try it on himself.
* ''Literature/TheKrockman'' was originally just an ordinary ghost before buying out the universe and becoming its new ruler.

[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* In Myth/ChineseMythology, humans were frequently promoted to godhood in the CelestialBureaucracy.
* Many Inuit gods and spirits were once humans. Malina became sun goddess when she escaped to the sky from her brother Igaluk, who tried to rape her. He continued his chase and turned into the moon spirit. The goddess of the sea, Sedna, was a mortal who changed when her father tried to sacrifice her to calm down a storm. As she clung to the boat he cut off all of her fingers, creating seal from the severed parts.
* In Myth/NorseMythology the sun and moon were once a girl and boy respectively, that [[JerkassGods Odin]] made into divine beings and had them chased by wolves until the end of time. Several gods are also speculated to have been based on historical figures.
* [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek and Roman gods]] included some who were apotheosized from mortal origins, most famously Herakles (Hercules) who became a god upon his death, according to his worshippers. Also Ino, daughter of Cadmus and Harmonia, who became the sea-goddess Leucothea, and Psyche, a mortal girl who became a goddess when she married Cupid (Eros), as related by the poet Apuleius.
** Also Ino's son Melicertes, who became the sea-god Palaemon, and Romulus, who according to at least one tradition was deified under the name Quirinus.
* In general, [[UsefulNotes/TheRomanEmpire Roman Emperors]] were worshipped as gods after their deaths until the entrenchment of Christianity; pre-Christian emperors who were not deified were, by and large, ones who were regarded as horrible, and typically had been overthrown. The custom of deifying Roman emperors led to Emperor Vespasian's FamousLastWords:
-->''Vae, puto deus fio.'' "Dear me, [[DeadpanSnarker I suspect I'm becoming a god]]."
* In AncientEgypt, the kings of Egypt were considered at least partly divine during life, but fully divine after death. Certain non-royal persons, such as Imhotep and Amunhotep son of Hapu, were also deified after their deaths. In the latest dynastic periods, anyone who drowned in the Nile was said to become a god.
* The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) has taught that God was a mortal at one point and that they themselves might one day become like God, as summed up with Lorenzo Snow's couplet "As man now is, God once was; as God now is, man may be." In recent years there has been less and less emphasis on this teaching, and many Mormons don't believe it at all.
* A fourth century BC Greek philosopher, Euhemerus, claimed in a book that all the Greek gods and goddesses were based on great kings and queens, warriors, and innovators. This idea that many if not all gods are distorted interpretations of historical figures, euhemerism, would have many fans, like the archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann and the novelist and mythographer Robert Graves. However, very few mainstream mythographers and scholars of religion use such interpretations nowadays.

[[folder:Live-Action Television]]
* Averted by Series/PersonOfInterest. Root [[MachineWorship refers to The Machine as a god]] (and uses female pronouns, but never the word "goddess"), so you'd presume she'd think quite highly of her god's creator, Finch, but no: she respects him as a WorthyOpponent in hacking at first and later comes to see him as a friend (or as close to a friend as Root has), but never once ascribes to him anything more than mere humanity.
* ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'': [[spoiler: Kouta and Mai]] become this after eating the Golden Fruit.

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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''
** The ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' setting contains several gods who were once human, but ascended to replace other gods who had died. Examples include Cyric, Kelemvor and Mystra who were adventurers until their ascensions during the Time of Troubles.
*** Two necromancers from the wizard nation of Thay had a rivalry who of them would become more powerful. One of them was Szass Tam, the current ruler of Thay and one of the very small circle of contenders for the title of most powerful lich wizard in the world. He lost. His rival was Velsharoon, who became the god of necromancy.
*** Bhaal, Bane, and Myrkul (the Dead Three) were once mortals who sought out godhood. They eventually reached Jergal, one of the oldest and mightiest of the gods, and demanded that he hand over his powers to them. Jergal by that point had grown weary of his role and handed over his portfolios to them. Bhaal became the god of Murder. Bane became the god of Tyranny. Myrkul became the god of Death.
** In the ''{{TabletopGame/Greyhawk}}'' setting, St. Cuthbert and Vecna are both ascended mortals. (Well, ascended {{undead}} in Vecna's case.)
** Cas, [[DivineRanks Demigod]] of Spite from the aptly-named ''Heroes of Horror'' supplement. He was denied justice in mortal life, and his hatred was massive enough to exalt himself to godhood. This Baphomet-like figure grants power to exact spite ([[DealWithTheDevil at a price]]), not unlike [[Anime/HellGirl Enma Ai]].
** In the ''TabletopGame/NentirVale'' setting, The Raven Queen was given domain over death after Nerull proved to be too problematic.
** This is the core philosophy of the Believers of the Source (or "Godsmen") in ''{{TabletopGame/Planescape}}'': All mortals have the capacity for apotheosis, which will come to you in your next life (or possibly a later one) if you improve yourself enough and become "worthy" through your actions in this one.
** Many of the Immortals in the TabletopGame/{{Mystara}} setting were once human, or members of some other humanoid race. Others derive from more exotic non-divine species (treant, earth elemental, sapient dinosaur), and still others no longer remember their personal origins, but assume they were once mortal because that's how the younger Immortals came to be.
** In ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}'', the Warforged faction called the Godforged seek to build their own god(s), [[MemeticMutation in a cave, with a mountain of scraps]].
* ''{{TabletopGame/Pathfinder}}''
** There is a dedicated in-universe method for doing just this. The Test of the Starstone, set inside a complex maze surrounding a fallen meteor, is a horribly dangerous series of tests, challenges and traps. If you go in, either you pass and become a god or you fail and die. The test has been around for millennia, but has only been successfully completed three times (four counting Aroden, the test’s creator):
*** [[ChaoticGood Cayden Cailean]], god of adventurers, freedom, and booze, used to be a mercenary and adventurer who one night got ''[[WhatDidIDoLastNight really drunk]]'' and partook in the life-threatening test in question on a drunken dare. He passed. However, neither him nor anyone else knows exactly HOW he did so. He genuinely has NO idea what happened in the interim. Basically, he got hammered, took a dare, memory blank, woke up, found out that he was now a god.
*** [[LawfulGood Iomedae]], goddess of honor, justice and valor, was a mortal paladin of Aroden before taking the test. She initially became Aroden's herald (a herald being essentially a lesser divine being acting as a messenger and representative of the will of a full deity). When Aroden vanished, she inherited his legacy and most of his followers, and became a full goddess herself.
*** [[NeutralEvil Norgorber]], god of greed, murder and secrets, has the distinction of having been the first mortal after Aroden to pass the Test. Fittingly for the god of secrets, no one knows who or what he was before ascension.
** The Test of the Starstone is not the only way for mortals to ascend to godhood, and there have been mortals who became deities by other means.
*** [[LawfulNeutral Irori]], god of history, knowledge and self-perfection, achieved divinity by means of achieving great personal enlightenment. He actually looks down on Iomedae, Norgorber and Cayden Cailean, who he views as having taken a cheating shortcut by copying what Aroden did (although he greatly respected Aroden himself).
*** Arguably the first (and most disturbing) case, however, would be [[NeutralEvil Urgathoa]], the goddess of physical excess, disease, and the undead. She became a goddess long before the others, basically through sheer evil willpower instead of through enlightenment or any test. Myth claims this was the origin of both undead and disease.
** Players THEMSELVES can become demigods with enough mythic tiers and the Divine Source ability.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'':
** The Exalted themselves are humans given divine powers that allow them to exceed not only gods, but the creators of their world. The [[AntiAntiChrist Green Sun Princes]] can also become full on Primordials or [[FaustianRebellion Devil-Tigers]], elevating them to the status of world-makers and shakers without losing the common touch.
** Outside of the Exalted, any being that is not already a spirit or raksha can become a god by getting another god or Sidereal to sponsor them. Assuming the position is vacant (i.e. the previous holder has been killed), a Sidereal can elevate a mortal even to the position of the Incarna.
* ''{{TabletopGame/Warhammer 40000}}'':
** The Emperor has many characteristics in common with the Chaos Gods, and seems to be about as powerful as them. It is suggested that if He ever dies, He will become a full deity. Of course, it might also remove the Astronomicon, destroying the Imperium, so nobody wants to take the risk. He's really closer to the Eldar gods than any of the other deities though; as the Chaos and Ork gods have no physical presence and the C'Tan are more of {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s.
** In earlier fluff, it's hinted that the Emperor was actually the creation of several highly powerful human (and mortal) psykers that committed mass suicide to be reborn as humanity's savior. It's implied that the Emperor thus was several figures in history, most notably that he was Jesus.
** Ynnead, the Eldar God of the dead, is suppose to be born when the last Eldar die and their souls join in the Infinity Circuit, turning into a Chaos-like God that supposidly will destroy Slaanesh. Whether or not it's possible is not known, since obviously the last Eldar hasn't died yet.
* Like the Emperor, the Man-God Sigmar in ''{{TabletopGame/Warhammer}}'' is an ascended mortal; while it is heavily implied that the gods Myrmidia and Ranald may be as well.
** WHF has been moving away from Myrmidia and Ranald as former humans. These days it's a case of Ranald was always a god but he lied about having been a human because he's dishonest by nature. As for Myrmidia, she was the daughter of Morrs and Verena who was reincarnated as a mortal and then returned to being a goddess after getting killed.
* In both ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension'' and its SpiritualSuccessor ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'', it's possible for a mage who has reached perfect understanding of their magic to become an Oracle, a being of the Umbra/the Supernal Realms that guides the hand of reality from behind the scenes. ''Awakening'' also has the Oracles' {{Evil Counterpart}}s, the Exarchs. Way back in the day, the proto-Exarchs forcibly entered the Supernal Realms, kicked out their native gods, and became the new gods. The earliest Oracles entered the Realms to stand against the Exarchs' dominion of reality.
* In ''TabletopGame/GeistTheSinEaters'', it's a common theory in-setting that the geister of powerful krewe founders go on to become the mythical deathlords of the Underworld.
* The Invisible Clergy of TabletopGame/UnknownArmies veer between this and GodJob. Mortals who ascend and become Archetypes have [[GodsHandsAreTied limited power]] individually, but once all [[spoiler: 333]] of them are together, they can create a new universe... or maybe rewrite this one. Or destroy this one and then replace it. Details are sketchy.
* In ''TabletopGame/RuneQuest'' a council of races tried to create a perfect deity. Depending on who you ask, they succeeded or were manipulated by a Chaos god.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Nobilis}}'': The Nobles are former mortals entrusted with one or two estates of reality by an Imperator. They start out able to destroy the world and move on up.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Scion}}'', it's not been unknown for some Scions to go from being the child of a mortal and a god to being a full-on god themselves. It's not easy, but it is possible.
* The truth behind [[CrystalDragonJesus Abel]] in ''TabletopGame/AnimaBeyondFantasy'' [[spoiler: created by [[AncientConspiracy Imperium]] from the essence of gods killed by them according to WordOfGod, who prepared everything to have him as the center of a [[PathOfInspiration fake religion]] from his birth to his teachings and finally to his death as a martyr, all based on ''ancient legends''.]]

* In ''Toys/{{BIONICLE}}'': Mata Nui was created by the Matoran who would later reside inside to continue his maintenance on Bara Magna.

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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** There are numerous examples from the series' [[{{Backstory}} background lore]]:
*** Tiber Septim, the first [[GodEmperor Emperor]] of the Septim dynasty, also known as Talos ([[IHaveManyNames and about a dozen other things]]), achieved apotheosis and became one of the [[SaintlyChurch Nine Divines]] upon his death. The deity Talos is possibly also [[MergerOfSouls composed of]] the Underking (who was himself was possibly composed of two men -- [[CourtMage Zurin Arctus]] and [[EternalHero Wulfharth Ash-King]]).
*** Emperor Reman Cyrodiil, founder of the Reman dynasty, was another human that may have became a god after his death. After his death, he was possibly granted immortality and godhood by Akatosh, and it's believed by some that he became the WarGod [[NamesTheSame Reymon]] Ebonarm. (Beyond the [[NamesTheSame similar sounding names]], this one is closer to an [[EpilepticTrees Epileptic Tree]], with supporting evidence being very scant and circumstantial.)
*** 'Emperor' Cuhlecain has a cult dedicated to his worship, called the Cult of Emperor Zero due to the circumstances of its formation (Tiber Septim was Cuhlecain's top general, and took over after Cuhlecain was assassinated not long after taking the Imperial City. Thus, Cuhlecain was 'Emperor Zero' of the Third Empire). Whether he actually ''did'' become a god is not confirmed, but then the same is true of Reman Cyrodiil, as well.
*** This (and/or attempting to AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence) caused the [[OurDwarvesAreDifferent Dwemer]] to disappear. Exactly what happened to them is [[RiddleForTheAges debated both in-universe and out]], with many interpretations suggested. It may have ''worked'', and they did ascend. Or they may have been wiped out by existing god(s)s for their blasphemous attempt. Or they may have simply gotten something wrong and killed themselves spectacularly by accident.
*** According to the interpretation in ''Ark'ay, the God of Birth and Death'', Arkay, the God of Life and Death, may have originally been a mortal shopkeeper and avid book collector. He found a tome which purported to tell the secrets of "life, death, and the purpose of existence". However, he became stricken by a plague before he could finish interpreting it. He begged Mara for more time, and she agreed to give it if he were willing to become a god who oversees the cycle of life and death. He agreed. Other myths (especially in Yokudan/Redguard tradition) deny this, stating that he existed before Mundus but was unimportant, with everyone essentially being immortal spirits at that point. These interpretations state that he, like all of the Aedra, found new purpose once Mundus was created.
*** Sai, a God of Luck celebrated in the Iliac Bay region, is one. He was BornLucky, with the uncanny ability to spread good luck to other (but not to himself). After he was killed in battle (while all of his fellow soldiers survived), he was resurrected and granted immortality by the aforementioned Ebonarm so that he may continue to spread his luck and help "balance" the world. After WalkingTheEarth for a time and doing just that, he met and settled down with a Nord woman named Josea, with whom he had a daughter. He lingered too long in one place staying with her, unbalancing the world by granting that place ''too much'' good luck. He was visited by a procession of gods, including Ebonarm and the Aedric Divine Mara, who decided to punish him by taking away his physical body. His decedents are said to be able to "feel" his presence once a year.
*** Trinimac was a prominent deity among the early [[OurElvesAreBetter Aldmer]] and served as the champion of [[TopGod Auri-El]]. Trinimac was a [[WarGod warrior spirit]], said to be the strongest of the et'Ada ("original spirits"), and in some places was even more popular than Auri-El. As Aldmeri society evolved, commoners stopped worshiping their own ancestors and began worshiping the ancestors of their social "betters", elevating them to the level of gods [[GodNeedsPrayerBadly through collective adulation]]. Trinimac was one such ancestor. After being eaten and excreted by [[ManipulativeBastard Boethiah]], Trinimac would become the Daedric Prince [[AllTheOtherReindeer Malacath]].
*** This was one of the primary teachings of the Alessian Order, a [[FantasticRacism rabidly anti-Elven]] [[TheChurch religious sect]] which established a [[TheTheocracy Theocracy]] in the 1st Era that wielded nearly as much power as the Emperor at its height. One of their teachings was that of "Ehlnofic Annulment", a means by which a mortal could break the cycle of life and death to [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascend to "Proper-Life"]]. They preached that this was the ideal for all mortals to aspire to.
*** Similarly, this is the goal of the "Psijic Endeavor", a process preached by the Chimeri mystic St. Veloth and later built upon by Vivec. It is a process, taught to Veloth by the Good Daedra, which supposedly allows mortals to ascend to divinity.
*** The [[CatFolk Khajiit]] consider the legendary ImpossibleThief Rajhin to be their God of Thievery. Among his many accomplishments in life are the stealing of the [[RingOfPower Ring of Khajiiti]] from the arm of the [[DidYouJustScamCthulhu Daedric Prince Mephala]], stealing a ''tattoo'' from the neck of the sleeping Empress, and stealing ''[[MonumentalTheft the entire city of Falinesti]]''.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'', one of the MultipleEndings has this happen to Mannimarco, the "King of Worms." Mannimarco was a powerful Altmer necromancer who became a Lich while working toward his goal of becoming a true god. As a result of the "[[TimeCrash Warp in the West]]", where all of the game's mutually exclusive endings take place (but [[BroadStrokes none to the same extent as they would have individually]]), he succeeds in becoming Mannimarco, the God of Worms and patron to necromancers. Due to how the warp worked, however, it also leaves behind a Mannimarco, King of Worms, who leads an order that worships the God of Worms (and the two seem to be treated as separate entities).
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'': The Tribunal and [[BigBad Dagoth Ur]] were all once mortal advisors to the ancient Chimeri/Dunmeri hero, Lord Indoril Nerevar. [[WhenItAllBegan Some 4000 years prior]] to the events of the game, their [[EnemyMine rival-turned-ally]] [[OurDwarvesAreDifferent Dwemer]] discovered the still-beating Heart of Lorkhan, the [[GodIsDead "dead" creator god]] of Mundus, the mortal plane. The Dwemer planned to tap into the Heart's power, allowing them to in some way AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence, but the Chimer led by Nerevar considered this a blasphemy against their gods, [[OurGodsAreDifferent the Daedric Princes]], and declared war. [[TheRashomon Exactly what happened next is recounted differently by all of the surviving parties]], but the Dwemer disappeared without a trace, Nerevar was slain, and the Tribunal and Dagoth Ur went against the wishes of Azura (Nerevar's Daedric patron) to use the Dwemer tools on the Heart to become {{Physical God}}s. [[spoiler:The plot of the game has [[PlayerCharacter the Nerevarine]], [[MultipleChoiceChosen supposedly]] Nerevar's {{reincarnation}}, working to unbind the Heart and cut off those who draw power from it]]. The Tribunal are able to survive with a trace of their divinity in tact, due to "[[GodNeedsPrayerBadly the faith of their followers]]". Dagoth Ur, [[NoImmortalInertia not so much]].
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', [[spoiler:[[PlayerCharacter The Champion of Cyrodiil]]]] becomes one in the ''Shivering Isles'' expansion, taking up the mantle of [[spoiler:Sheogorath, [[MadGod Daedric Prince of Madness]]]].
** The [[PlayerCharacter Dragonborn]] in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' plays with it. They have spent most of their life as a regular mortal, until the time when the Dragons returned and their true nature was revealed. Those who are "Dragonborn" are mortals born with the immortal Aedric (roughly Angelic) souls of Dragons. This power is granted by Akatosh, the draconic [[TopGod chief deity]] of the "Nine Divines" pantheon, and is said to be a piece of his power (or perhaps even a fragment of his very being). Akatosh sends this gift so that the Dragonborn may be a [[AlwaysABiggerFish natural predator]] towards Dragonkind.
* In ''VideoGame/RuneScape'', the god Zamorak was originally a mortal mahjarrat.
** Technically speaking, all Young Gods were once Mortal. They just soaked up enough Elder God Magic by either: A)Hanging around an Elder Artifact for long enough, B)Killing a God with an Elder Artifact to transfer its power into their body, or C)A little of Both. So yeah, all of the Young Gods (Saradomin, Guthix, Armadyl, Bandos, etc.) used to be mortal.
*** Zaros and Seren are exceptions. They were created as gods by an elder god. Additionally, several of the low tier young gods were also created as gods by other young gods.
*** The ELDER Gods on the other hand... yeah nobody knows what's up with them. Except maybe the guys who have access to the Story Bible, and even that is up for debate.
*** One thing that makes Runescape's gods unusual is that many of them began as non-sapient beings, and while some of them gained sapience when they became gods, [[GooGooGodlike others did not]] for reasons that haven't been explained. Marimbo was a gorilla who gained sapience with godhood and granted sapience to all other nonhuman primates. In contrast, the boar like god Tuska did not gain intelligence and has been rampaging through the cosmos. The strangest example is Brassica Prime, a god who is an intelligent, [[CloudCuckoolander but not sane,]] CABBAGE. How this happened hasn't been explained yet. ([[JokeCharacter and probably won't ever be]])
* Dr. Sepulveda, creator of the digital world ''{{VideoGame/Darwinia}}'', is worshipped as a god by its inhabitants after accidently linking a webcam to the program and having his image displayed in their sky.
* Rosalina from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'' was originally an ordinary girl before she became... whatever she is now.
* In ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'', [[spoiler:Kratos is granted the position of the God of War after killing Ares. His rebellion in the second game is caused by the other gods' lack of respect for him since he ascended by deicide. Killing scores of humans between games didn't exactly help his case, either.]]
* In ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' [[spoiler:Kormir takes up Abaddon's power and becomes the Goddess of Truth at the end of Nightfall.]] And in ''VideoGame/GuildWars2'', Gaheron Baelfire works to make himself a god for the Flame Legion, and gets far enough that killing him permanently is tricky.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''
** Many of the mortal villains of the series, including [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyI Garland]], [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyII Emperor Mateus]], [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Kefka]], and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Sephiroth]], become {{physical god}}s by the end of their respective games -- [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu not that it helps them]].
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'': Yevon is more or less the god of Spira, a man who taught humans how to turn them into Fayth to summon Aeons and defeat Sin, as well as the teachings on how to repent for creating Sin with their, well… Sins. [[spoiler: Except he created Sin in the first place as a trump card to save Zanarkand from destruction during the Machina War, a plan that utterly backfired.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'', Sanae Kochiya is a {{Miko}} who is both a goddess and a human at the same time (this is known as an ''arahitogami'', which is what the emperor of Japan was once considered). Two reasons for this: Suwako (an actual [[PhysicalGod goddess]]) is her direct ancestor, meaning she has divine blood, and during her life in the outside world her resultant ability to create miracles gathered her a small number of worshippers. That said, her divine powers are pretty weak, as she doesn't have many worshippers and her magic abilities outshine her divine ones anyway. When she first meets Reimu, she talks about how {{Miko}} can become gods if they try, to which Reimu replies she has no interest in that. According to [[AllThereInTheManual side materials]], most gods started off as humans, though the only one we know for certain this is true for is Kanako (and Suwako is closer to being a GeniusLoci).
* In ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'', a man named Klaus became this long ago when he [[spoiler:destroyed the universe while performing a scientific experiment to create a new one. He and one of his fellow researchers became the gods of the world they created, Zanza and Meyneth]].
* The ''VideoGame/EverQuest'' series has one among the Pantheon that rules over Norrath. Zebuxoruk is the "Ungod" of Knowledge. What players learn about his backstory is a rumor that he was born as a Human and managed to find the secret to become a god. For various reasons that are never explained, he has actually lost his godhood and reverted back into an actual Human, only to later regain it. He's reverted back and forth from Human to God so many times that he's lost count. What the players do find out though, is that every time he reverts back to Human, he wakes up with amnesia, and he reverts back to a god when he regains his memories. Since he is the God of Knowledge, he knows things that mortals are NOT allowed to know, including how to obtain godhood like how he did. Whatever causes his amnesia in the first place is usually a failsafe to make sure he cannot share this knowledge.
* In ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' it's implied [[spoiler: in Hanekoma's secret reports]] that a Player can, if they become a Reaper, eventually become the Composer. [[spoiler: It's also implied that the ''Composer'' can also ascend and become an Angel.]]
* In ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'':
** It's revealed early on that [[spoiler:The Wise One was made as one by the {{precursors}} to keep humanity from releasing Alchemy]]. Of course, they hadn't accounted for [[spoiler: the world dying without Alchemy's power]], which led to AIIsACrapshoot on a deity level, as it had to reevaluate its ''main directive'' in the face of the new data.
** The Great Gabomba in ''The Lost Age'' may be this as well. It's definitely a machine, and it just as clearly functions as the chief deity of Kibombo, with no other known purpose.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Ar tonelico|MelodyOfElemia}}'' series had the humans building mega-massive super-computer towers to live on AfterTheEnd. Then they created a race of songstress, the Reyvateils, to interact with the towers with their songs, materializing miracles. By this model, the towers are gods and the Reyvateils race are holy priestesses. [[FantasticRacism But then, humanity just had to treat the Reyvateils like dirt]]. [[WhatAnIdiot In the first game, this they did to a girl who they then wired to the entire security systems...]]
* ''VideoGame/DeusEx'', fittingly. The AI constructs Daedalus and Icarus [[spoiler:(and their merged form, Helios)]] are already in direct control of, and actively monitoring ''at all times'', all communications in the entire world, giving them omnipotence. They have access to universal constructors, from which they can create any molecular structure they wish to make, including life forms, giving them the power of creation. However, to fully realize their potential, they require a human's perspective, which, being machines, they lack. Thus, a human being must permanently interface with them - merge with them, ''become'' them, in essence - which is the goal of [[BigBad Bob Page]], [[AGodAmI who created them explicitly for this purpose]]. Except that [[spoiler:Helios decides the player character, JC Denton, is a better match - the player can take it up on the offer, ending the game by effectively ''becoming God'', with one of [[Quotes/DeityOfHumanOrigin the quotes]] as the ending screen]].
** The sequel, ''VideoGame/DeusExInvisibleWar'', [[{{UpToEleven}} extrapolates this ending]]. Helios now seeks to create the [[{{Transhuman}} first post-human civilization]]; [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans a world where the individual wants and needs of literally everyone are satisfied]]. A world where the fallacies of human nature are contained or eliminated, all of this presided over by [[DeusEstMachina Helios]] itself.
* ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2: Mask of the Betrayer'' has party member Okku, a bear god. Okku was once a bear of higher-than-usual intelligence, strength and ferocity that attained minor godhood by the virtue of being an exemplar of what it is to be ursine. This often occurs with animals of Rashemen.
* At the end of ''VideoGame/SandsOfDestruction'', [[spoiler:Kyrie Illunis]] may be considered to be this, as he [[spoiler:kills the old Creator of the world and remakes it into a better place]]. Of course, he was NotQuiteHuman to begin with: [[spoiler:the Creator was ''his mom'' and he was the soulless Destruct contained in a human form. It just so happens that everyone being nice to him and showing him love caused him to grow his own soul and become human - though he still had ridiculous power due to his origins as the Destruct]].
* The goddess Althea, in ''VideoGame/QueenAtArms'', is believed by many of her worshippers to have once been a mortal woman who was a powerful military leader. Exactly how she rose to godhood is not made clear in the game.
* Some of the Pretender options in the ''VideoGame/{{Dominions}}'' series of fantasy strategy games are powerful humans seeking to ascend to godhood by becoming [[TopGod the Pantokrator]].
* In ''Videogame/PillarsOfEternity'', [[spoiler:''all'' of the gods are artificial sentient soul constructs created via animancy by the ancient Engwithans.]]
* Your character's reward for beating ''VideoGame/{{Nethack}}'' is immortality and ascension to SemiDivine-hood.
* Some of the Elder Powers in ''[[NexusWar Nexus Clash]]'' were mortals who either were ascended to godhood by existing Powers because their perspective was deemed necessary ([[BlackAndWhiteInsanity Namm]], [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Baraas]], and [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow Azazel]]) or else seized it by force ([[ManipulativeBastard Tlacolotl]]).
* On the Massacre route of ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse'', the player character becomes God [[spoiler: of a new universe that he created after destroying the old one and killing every other god and demon in it.]]
* For a given definition of "human", this is the origin of all the Lords in ''Franchise/DarkSouls''; they were all nameless Hollows that rose from the influence of the First Flame, and the ones who found the Lord Souls among the flames harnessed its power to ascend to godhood. Notable examples include Gwyn, Lord of Sunlight, The Witch of Izalith, Gravelord Nito, [[spoiler: and the Furtive Pygmy who harnessed the titular Dark Soul.]]
** The nature of Dark and the power of the Abyss can do this to any human who possesses an adequate amount of Humanity, [[BlessedWithSuck although the propensity for stark raving lunacy that comes with the power is a turn-off.]] [[spoiler: ''The Ringed City'' DLC for ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsIII'' shows that this is not the actual purpose of the Dark Soul and the Humanity born from it but rather a side effect of Gwyn branding mankind with the Darksign to ward off the power of the Abyss from mankind, and were it not for Gwyn denying mankind its true nature they could've used their souls in much the same way the Lords did without the insanity or Hollowing that comes along with the Curse.]]
* In ''VideoGame/SaltAndSanctuary'', [[spoiler:[[BigBad the Nameless God]]]] is one of these. However, even though he has the powers of a god, he still has the soul of a mortal, which makes him [[DrivenByEnvy extremely envious of the true gods]] since they have the one thing that he can never obtain.
* In ''VideoGame/HyperdimensionNeptuniaVictory'', CPU's in the Ultra Dimension are not goddesses by birth, as they were born human. To become a CPU, they have to find the rare CPU Memory. However, the human in question must be compatible with it, and if they are, they will be able transform into their HDD state and form a nation, becoming that nation's leader. Should they prove incompatible, they will turn into monsters.

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* In ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', Hanyuu Furude was once human, but was sacrificed at her villages Watanagashi Festival. Instead of dying, however, she became [[spoiler:the deity of Hinamizawa, Oyashiro]].
* Noah II from ''VisualNovel/ChaosHead'' is an [[TheOmnipotent omnipotent]] indestructible machine RealityWarper, created to be the God of humanity.
* In ''VisualNovel/{{Demonbane}}'', it is never quite clear if Demonbane was built by humans or if it has always existed in a very complex StableTimeLoop with no beginning. However, the pilot of its Elder God form ''did'' start off as an ordinary human, and became an Elder God himself. [[spoiler:Namely, the protagonist, Kurou Daijuuji. Elder God Al Azif doesn't count: she was never human to begin with.]]
* In ''VisualNovel/StarCrossedMyth'', the god Scorpio is revealed to have been born human. He was elevated to godhood by the King of the Heavens - the only instance of such a thing happening, according to designated MrExposition Zyglavis. Scorpio's personal experiences with human cruelty make him one of the most effective and respected gods in the Department of Punishments.
* In ''VisualNovel/DiesIrae'', two characters, the protagonist Ren Fuji and Big Bad Reinhard Heydrich, attain Atziluth near the End, both becoming Hadou Gods.

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* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** The Dark One (god of goblinoids) and the Elven Gods were once ordinary mortals. In the case of The Dark One, he ascended after his death due to his people going on a year-long campaign of slaughter in his name.
** Elan completely succeeds in turning his hand puppet, Banjo the Clown, into a god through worship, but unfortunately, with only a handful of worshippers, Banjo is a somewhat weak god and unable to effectively smite unbelievers.
* ''Webcomic/TheGodsOfArrKelaan'' were passengers on a spaceship ([[spoiler: and the SpacePirates that attacked it]]) which crashed on a strange planet that's apparently in a different universe entirely. Long story short, they're {{Physical God}}s now.
* In ''{{Webcomic/Kagerou}}'', the goddess Tcaolin fits this trope, which separates her from the other Old Gods.
* Inverted in [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2244#comic one comic]] in ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal''. Humanity has realised there is no objective evil in the universe, and because they can't deal with it, they have [[spoiler: created "Skull-King, the giant robotic scourge of mankind" that serves as a god of evil.]]
* The god of Veracia in ''Webcomic/ErrantStory''. Possibly not exactly of ''human'' origin, as we're not completely sure where he came from, but certainly not one of the "real" gods of the Errant World, as WordOfGod has made clear, ironically enough.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', the main cast (and by extension, anyone who plays Sburb) are all directly[[note]]if they're a Hero of Space, e.g. Jade[[/note]] or indirectly [[spoiler:tasked with the creation of a new universe to replace their now-doomed homeworld]]. Especially the trolls count toward this, as they're the only people shown to have been successful.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[spoiler:Luna]] of ''Literature/ATouchOfMadness.'' She started off Human, but became the newest Incarnation of God. At least, she MIGHT have started off human, anyway.
* In ''WebOriginal/OrionsArm'', this is how most intelligent creatures regard the [[DeusEstMachina Archailects]], who are colloquially referred to as "AI Gods". They have done such things as create artificial planets, bio-engineer new species, and preside over virtual realities (these achievements are considered to be trivial by their standards). A few have even created pocket universes that house the majority of their consciousness. The Archailects, for their part, do not consider themselves divine, but have long since given up trying to convince the lower intelligences that this is the case, and act the part of (usually benevolent) Gods in galactic society.
* Saralzar in the FictionalVideoGame in which ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'' is set. He was originally human, but used forbidden magic that turned him into a [[TheUndead soulless]], but perfected the forbidden magic enough to be able to become its Source. In this setting, any other character that is a Source is a PhysicalGod.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender,'' [[spoiler:Princess Yue]] pulls off a HeroicSacrifice that allows her to [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence become the new Moon Spirit]] after the previous incarnation is killed.
* In the sequel ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', we learn that the Avatar itself is a variation. [[spoiler:The Avatar is a result of the light spirit Raava fusing to the soul of a human named Wan. All future Avatars are reincarnations of this fusion.]]
* Happens briefly to ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'', after [=SpongeBob=] pleases Neptune with the flavor and effort put into his Krabby Patties. [=SpongeBob=] uses his new power to bring himself back to Bikini Bottom (instead of going to Atlantis without Patrick), and to make Neptune a fry-cook at [[BurgerFool the Krusty Krab]].

* Most of the gods of the Pantheon/TropePantheons are "ascended" fictional (or in a few cases real) mortals.